Minns government rushes changes to planning laws: what you need to know

Minns government rushes changes to planning laws: what you need to know

Closing date 23rd February. Details and link below The NSW Government has announced major changes to planning laws. The new planning reforms would apply to the “Six Cities” region stretching from Wollongong to Port Stephens and include the Blue Mountains to the West. There are two significant reforms. The Transport Orientated Development (TOD) Program has not been put on public exhibition and the NSW government has no intention of exhibiting the new SEPP (State Environmental Planning Policy) before it comes into effect on 1st April 2024. For more information:https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/policy-and-legislation/housing/transport-oriented-development-program/transport-oriented-development-seppUnder the second reform, changes…continue reading →
Contested Housing: the great YIMBY vs NIMBY debate

Contested Housing: the great YIMBY vs NIMBY debate

The Henry Halloran Trust fosters academia in town planning, urban development and land management through grants and research support programs. At its 2023 Festival of Contested Urbanism, a debate between town planners, YIMBYs, and economists on the solution to the housing crisis raises the question of whether a simplistic solution like just increasing housing supply is the answer. Click here to view on YouTube https://youtu.be/MEfIupA6AMw?si=faLoSnRfECJpouno In recent years a new movement known as ‘YIMBY’ (‘Yes In My Backyard’) has emerged. ‘YIMBIES’ argue that planning and regulatory barriers serving local ‘NIMBY’ (‘Not In My…continue reading →
Better Planning Network wants answers! – Media Release

Better Planning Network wants answers! – Media Release

Planning Reforms to date have failed to solve the housing affordability issue and the focus on fast delivery of dwellings has left many communities and BPN members all over NSW disgruntled. The planning policy positions of candidates in the #NSWVotes2023 election, particularly of many independent and minor party candidates likely to enter Parliament, are often unknown. Better Planning Network (BPN) has released a set of questions for #NSWVotes2023 candidates for the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council. The questions reflect feedback from BPN members about high priority electoral issues, including: Is a root and…continue reading →

A New Approach on Rezoning – Media Release

BPN has significant concerns about the Planning Reform Action Plan announced by the Planning Minister on 15 December 2021. As part of the reforms, the Government has stated that it will introduce a Planning Delivery Unit (PDU) which will intervene at the request of a developer, council or government agency and will “when needed” make a decision in place of an approval body. This appears to be in direct response to developer demands that the Government intervene when Councils delay decisions to enable proper assessment and community consultation or reject decisions outright. The…continue reading →
The Public Must Share in Unearned Development Windfall – Media Release

The Public Must Share in Unearned Development Windfall – Media Release

The NSW Government’s Infrastructure Contributions Review has delivered yet another financial windfall from development at the expense of local communities. BPN spokesperson on this, Phil Bradley said “If these recommendations are implemented, communities will be deprived of funds to build vital infrastructure. No council or government should be approving a very profitable development unless it is in the public interest”. When developers are permitted to build many storeys more than a Local Environmental Plan allows, the land value increases, sometimes by as much as $2,000 per sq metre of additional floor area. Very…continue reading →

Planning Changes will Affect Every NSW Resident Community Forum to Probe Government Plans

Better Planning Network’s Corinne Fisher will be one of the speakers at a forum to be held at Redfern Town Hall tomorrow (Tuesday October 23) at 7.30pm. The forum, organised by a coalition of seven inner city groups, will outline the State Government’s proposed planning changes and highlight what they mean for ordinary citizens. Geoff Turnbull, REDWatch spokesman, said: “This is a fundamental shift in planning policy away from Ecologically Sustainable Development to property developer driven economic growth with few checks and balances.”  Better Planning Network’s Corinne Fisher agreed, saying that “These proposals…continue reading →